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You can never be too nice, talented, or experienced (or too humble)

At Leapfrog, we’re recognized as leaders in our field. But perhaps more importantly, we’re often told that we’re great people to work with. We’re creative and talented without being all big-headed about it. Our clients like to have lunch with us. Even dinner. And they think of us as part of their big extended corporate family. They like that. And so do we.

Experience the Leapfrog Magic
It’s a combination of years of experience, business smarts, professional development, unique skills, creativity, a deep dedication to our clients, and other qualities too intangible to put into words. One of our clients called it our secret sauce.

Everyone here at Leapfrog is exceptionally easy to work with. Our team is intentionally small—kind of a team-building and learning boutique—so we can work very closely with our clients. But we have everyone you need—client service folks, program designers, logistics mavens, and (of course) our remarkable facilitators and consultants. While we’re a team of truly diverse backgrounds and specialties, we all share a common commitment to helping our clients succeed by tapping the power of their people.

But enough about us
We don’t like talking about ourselves that much. We’d rather let our clients tell you about us. Or talk about you and what you need. But here’s the deal—when you work with Leapfrog, you can be sure that you’ll get results that go way beyond what you anticipated. And you—and your learners—will have a great experience and lots of fun along the way.

If the idea of making dramatic business progress appeals to you, we're here to make it hapen-and make it fun. Give us a call at 781-643-5380

 

Meet team Leapfrog, warts and all

Ed Spokesfrog
Ed
Spokesfrog

As the only amphibian on the Leapfrog team, Ed brings a fresh perspective. With his unstoppable energy and pithy way with a phrase, Ed knows how to have fun— as well as when to hop into action. A noted technologist, Ed helped develop the World Wide Webbed, and continues to communicate to the world via the Leapfrog site. In his free time, Ed lolls around his pond with his friends and dozens of offspring, who rely on him for advice, interactive fun, and bugs.

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Leapfrog
Insight:
Never trust a frog that talks. Unless it’s me.
 
Favorite
food:
French flies
 
Best joke: “A blind man, a rabbi, and a frog walk into a bar.
The bartender looks at them and says—“what is this, a joke?”

 

 




Dick Eaton
Dick Eaton
Chief Energizing Officer
Executive Leadership Coach 

Dick Eaton, Leapfrog's founder, is a people development consultant, leadership coach, and designer of experiential learning simulations that help folks catch themselves being themselves. He’s recognized by his colleagues and clients as the thrumming creative thought engine behind Leapfrog Innovations. Those who have worked with Dick know him as a one-on-one type who prefers the role of servant/leader. What’s more, he’s known as a guy who doesn’t like team building! This healthy skepticism makes him successful as one of the drivers of Leapfrog’s unique designs. He designs for folks who are resistant to conventional team building and sit-in-your-seats learning.

Dick's coaching is dedicated to building leadership capacity; accessing untapped potential and helping clients make positive change happen. Through coaching clients innovate, shift limiting beliefs and behaviors, and develop realistic action plans toward their growth and development.

Dick's work with teams is focused on creating large-scale, interactive, fun-to-participate-in experiences that break down barriers, build camaraderie, encourage innovation, activate complex learning content, and help people and companies work and learn more effectively. Dick knows business. He spent years in the corporate arena as a sales manager at Procter & Gamble and as an account exec at Mintz & Hoke and Cabot Advertising. At Staples The Office Superstore, he served on the founding team as the Director of Marketing. This background explains why Leapfrog’s unique programming can walk the fine line between fun and substantive business results.

You may have read about Dick and Leapfrog's work in Fortune Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Training Magazine, or Tom Peters’ On Achieving Excellence. But please don’t ask him to talk about himself—he would rather talk about Leapfrog and his clients. On Wednesday, you won’t find him in the office—that’s when he paints.

Read: Dick's full bio

Read: Dick's coaching approach: "Is this your Moment of Truth?"

Read: A sampling of testimonials about Dick's coaching

Read: Leapfrog Executive Leadership Coaching overview

Link: Leapfrog Coaching

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Inspiration: "I'm inspired by people who have a huge hunger for growth. I’m honored to work with those who have the courage to step forward into ‘the question’ to create new possibilities for themselves.”
 
Favorite
moment:
Seeing the happy faces of kids in Trenton—and leaders at Wyeth— after finishing a community service project.
 
Deep dark
secret:


Favorite client
quote:  

Many of his best ideas come from his three kids.

"Dick helped me find my authentic voice and develop the wisdom and confidence to lead with this voice. I believe that Dick Eaton helped to make me a better leader. I know that he helped to make me a better man.”

Steve Gross,
Social Entrepreneur, The Life is good Company
Dick Eaton | LinkedInTwitter @dickeaton


Chris Olex
Master Facilitator

Chris has been leading groups, building teams, and developing personal awareness since before she could walk. Well, maybe not that long. But organizational development is part of her DNA. At Leapfrog, she’s actively involved in program creation, design and execution, and all the programmatic logistics. Working with groups from 10 to 500, Chris makes learning look easy and fun. “I love seeing people go from cross-armed to talking, laughing, singing, and having one of those moments where they truly learn something that you know is going to stick,” she says. When she’s not keeping teams focused, laughing, and learning, Chris may be found bicycling, hiking, and traveling.

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Life motto: “If you’re not going to snort, why even laugh?”
 
Leapfrog
insight:
“We’ll do what it takes. We’ll do it well. And we’ll do it different.”
 
Awesome
experience:
Hiked the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail




Court Chilton
Master Facilitator

Court is a consultant who helps organizations get business results from learning, coaching, and enterprise-wide change efforts. In more than 20 years of experience, he’s worked with a number of the Fortune 500 including: GE Capital, Home Depot, Wyeth, Genzyme, Shell Services, Unilever, Tyco, Clifford Chance, Citizens Bank/RBS, KPMG helping develop leaders, increase sales productivity, and improve processes. But he’s also made these leaning experiences interesting and compelling. “What’s often missing in a lot of team building is an activation of a fun, competitive, but collaborative spirit,” he says. “Leapfrog adds a freeing element that allows people to be their best selves as they learn and work.” When Court isn’t inspiring people to work together, he may be painting, polishing a screenplay, cycling, or playing tournament-level tennis.

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Childhood: Grew up in Geneva and Buenos Aires
 
Facilitator
lore:
“People love the chance to be both competitive and collaborative.”
 
Leapfrog
insight:
“Consider Leapfrog when you want to do something new in a big way, something that has an explicit link to a strategic imperative.”


Julia Douglas
Co-Founder, Master Facilitator

Julia co-founded Leapfrog Innovations, moving from Toronto and sleeping on a futon on the floor of the office for the first five months. Those were the days! Her creative spirit can be found in many of Leapfrog’s groundbreaking programs—such as It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Hunt™ and All Fore One and One Fore All™. Now even as an independent practitioner, Julia is a very active force at Leapfrog as a facilitator/ consultant/instructional designer for select client engagements. Her work can be summed up by three key elements—an engaging process, diverse and unique learning components, and immediately applicable take-aways that impact team performance. Her work gets results and generates its own rewards. “I crossed paths with a participant two years after they took part in a community- service project,” she recalls. “She told me it was the best, most meaningful team-building program she had ever participated in!”

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Language:

Speaks fluent Canadian
 
Childhood: Danced over swords as a Highland dancer
 
Leapfrog
insight:
“Leapfrog has a way of enthusiastically engaging participants in programs that clients would have sworn ‘would never fly here in our culture’.”




Bob Faw
Master Facilitator

Bob guides the growth and development of organizations and individuals with results-driven facilitation. He works to increase team synergy, interpersonal skills, connections, and mutual trust. He’s all about experiential learning. He’s been trained in many leading organization development methodologies. But more importantly, his years of experience give him a broad perspective that helps him understand what Leapfrog clients need and the challenges they face. “Leapfrog is different because we’re professional and relaxed at the same time,” he says. “We deliver great programs that help people learn—and have fun.” Bob isn’t all work. He’s an avid outdoorsman (and has moonlighted as an improvisational comedian).

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Hidden
skill:
Can walk on his hands
 
Inspiration: Helping people learn, grow, and have fun
 
Secret
ambition:
Help prevent child abuse


Kate Harper
Master Facilitator

Kate is a natural leader. You know the type. There’s always one thoughtful person in the room who you really want to hear speak? Well, that’s Kate. Kate sure can talk, and even better—she can really listen. Kate is passionate about helping executives and teams discover skills and awareness that allow them to align their actions with their intentions and achieve their goals while having fun. Just as she did herself. In her work now as a master facilitator and professional coach, Kate is doing what she loves and also what comes naturally. She often taps her past career experiences to help clients. An engineer and computer scientist by training, Kate has managed global software projects at Hewlett-Packard and Apollo Computer; trained engineers to work in self-directed teams at Peritus Software Services which she co-founded; and created technology to support virtual teams as Director of Development for NetAge.Kate is a Professional Certified Coach, Master Certified Inspired Learning Facilitator and Member, International Coach Federation.

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Always
learning:
Last year danced the Argentine Tango; this year joined a Gospel Choir
 
Life philosophy: When all your desires are distilled, you will cast just two votes: To love more And be happy - Hafiz
 
Hidden
skill:
Top prize for Lemon Soufflé at Le Cordon Bleu
 


Deborah Slobodnik
Master Coach to Teams and Leaders

Deborah’s passion is focused on challenging teams and leaders to learn and grow. She gets her kicks out of asking questions such as, “is that behavior really working for you?”, “are you willing to try something different ?” or “what are you afraid of?" She believes that teams are relationships that offer people an opportunity to acknowledge their blind spots and stop their self-limiting behaviors. If they have the courage, teams can be the vehicle. Her greatest reward is to see a team of people who were stuck, blaming each other for their problems, not taking personal responsibility (you get the picture) transformed into a collaborative, empowered and high performing team. Deborah’s work with Leapfrog inspired her to create FasTeams®, a web-based toolset for assessing and correcting team dysfunctions. A sampling of her clients include Devon Energy, Endo Pharmaceuticals, Harvard University and Colgate Palmolive. When she’s not working, you can find her in Waterville Valley, NH, cross-country skiing, hiking, golfing or doing yoga.

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Leapfrog
Insight:
Let’s lighten up and laugh at ourselves”
 
Life philosophy: When all your desires are distilled, you will cast just two votes: To love more And be happy - Hafiz
 
Hidden
skill:
Top prize for Lemon Soufflé at Le Cordon Bleu
 



Anna Huckabee Tull
Master Facilitator

Anna prides herself on being able to handle whatever comes her way when she’s facilitating a program. She’s fast on her feet, drawing on her experience in motivational speaking, advertising, improvisational theater (including a stint with Chicago’s Second City troupe in the 90’s), and her Master’s degree in Psychology, which she calls her secret weapon. All this experience really pays off. “It never ceases to amaze me when I see a roomful of people transform before my eyes into an energized, focused, insightful, connected group,” she says. When she’s not helping make organizational transformation happen, Anna is an award-winning singer-songwriter who performs throughout New England.

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Leapfrog
insight:
“Leapfrog isn’t about making you better. It’s about optimizing the magnificence of who you already are!”
 
Goals: Reverse the greenhouse effect, stop war, get her bangs to tilt to the left without hairspray.
 
Author of: Coming True: A Manifestor’s 10-Step Guide to the Art of Wishing
 
CD releases: Why, Sure! (1997), Open Now (1999), Other People's Stories (2001), Right Behind You (2001), Love All Over the Place (2004)